Saturday, 3 December 2016

adding a bit of drama to the hall

black gold gallery mirror feature wall

Have you noticed that I've been a little....distant lately? As in, I NEVER FRICKING GET AROUND TO POSTING?!

Yeah, me too. I've lost my mojo a little bit I think, and while there are plenty of things I could blog about, for the last while it's been a bit of a struggle to find the will to actually take the sodding photos and put together the posts. There have been holidays, Christmas is coming up, the kids have an annoying habit of growing out of their clothes and needing new ones several times a year, so money for diy just hasn't been a priority for the last while, and I'm fine with that, but I guess it's hard to get excited about projects when you know you aren't going to be able to finish them anytime soon, ya dig? 

Also, and maybe most importantly, things have been really good here for a while now. The kids are great, they're acting less like feral animals and more like civilised little people a good percentage of the time. I think we've got a better handle on what works and what doesn't when it comes to avoiding meltdowns (Max) and bad behaviour (Em) and we can generally bring them out in public for a couple of hours now without it descending into total chaos....mostly.

So things are good, we're enjoying ourselves, the weather is great and we're outside as much as we can manage, going on adventures! Em is in preschool now so I have a school run to do every day, plus I'm working part time, which I love cos it gives me the chance to speak to adults who aren't related to me while wearing my grown-up clothes, but it all packs more stuff into my week that wasn't there before. And my week was pretty full already! So, I guess I haven't needed my "escape" as much recently, and I haven't been feeling the drive to create and share with you that I usually have. But, seeing as I reckon it stems from such a beneficial source I think you'll forgive me for embracing this lack of creativity at the moment ;) 

I'm planning on getting back into the real work around here after Christmas, when funds are finally free'd up a bit, but until then I will be trying my best to share the small projects I've been working on as well as some great inspiration, just hang in there! 

Another thing I need to work on I think is not needing everything to be perfect before I hit "publish". There are plenty of posts I could write in an hour if I wasn't so anal about the photos being perfect. It's really dark here most of the time now, so it's hard to get good photos, but I think I need to just deal with it and post what I have. I mean, who am I kidding, I'd love everything I post to be amazing, but when it's holding me back from actually EVER getting around to publishing anything I think it's time to let it go!

Whew! So I didn't plan on getting all deep and meaningful, but there you go, and as a reward for listening to my ramblings let me share with you the lovely little wall I made over at the end of my hall. 

black gold gallery mirror feature wall
I've only just noticed that the colours in the wall pick up the colours in the print I have hanging in here. It's amazing what you see when you take a photo!

Yes, it is black chalkboard paint, yes, it is covered in gold, so it's not like it's way off what I'd usually do or anything, but I do think it adds a great splash of drama in the hall, and it really draws your eye, making the space seem much longer while leading you into the kitchen/dining room. I really love it, the only problem is that for the first time in my life I actually did things properly, painting the skirting carefully beforehand....but then the rest of the skirting looked awful so I did that....but then the radiator cover looked awful so I did that....and then the door looked awful....and the stairs......

So I had to paint a whole lot of stuff I had no intention of touching right now, and I'm going to have to paint the whole hall in the near future, because while before it was a beige-ish colour I could live with, now against the black and bright while it is definitely brown, and it needs to go, yesterday!!

black gold gallery mirror feature wall

Also, can I just impart a valuable life lesson I learned while doing this? Don't hammer nails into a wall without first removing anything that is already like, hanging on the wall. I did this. Twice. Hence the convex mirror being empty, and the crack in the little geo one. The fact that it took this happening twice for me to learn my lesson is a testament to my stubbornness. But learn it I did, and here I am, sharing an imperfect wall with you because of it!

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